Wax Tailor

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Wax Tailor
Birth nameJean-Christophe Le Saoût
BornJuly 19, 1975
Vernon, Normandy, France
Genres Trip hop, turntablism, hip hop, downtempo, electronica, electro swing
Occupation(s) DJ, producer
Instrumentslive show features WT - turntables/keys-laptop/video, Marina Quaisse - cello, Charlotte Savary - vocals, Marine Thibault - flute, Mr Gib - sound engineer, Madwreck & Mattic (The Others) - MCs.
Years active2001 - present
Le Plan (US)
Associated actsMarina Quaisse, Charlotte Savary, Mr Gib, Madwreck & Mattic from The Others.
Website waxtailor.com

Jean-Christophe Le Saoût [1] (French pronunciation:  [ʒɑ̃ kʁistɔf lə sau] ; born July 19, 1975 in Vernon, Normandy), better known by the stage name Wax Tailor, is a French trip hop/hip hop producer. He has released six studio albums collaborating with a great number of artists.

Vernon, Eure Commune in Normandy, France

Vernon is a commune in the department of Eure in the Normandy region in northern France.

Normandy Administrative region of France

Normandy is the northwesternmost of the 18 regions of France, roughly referring to the historical Duchy of Normandy.

France Republic in Europe with several non-European regions

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.02 million. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.



After being a host on a French radio in the Paris suburb of Mantes-La-Jolie, Le Saoût started the French Rap band La Formule in the 1990s. He created his label Lab'Oratoire in 1998 and produced records from La Formule as well as Break Beat compilations and a collaboration with the Swedish band Looptroop. He began work on the Wax Tailor project in 2001, first appearing on a remix of Looptroop & La Formule's "Deep Under Water".


Wax Tailor's first EP Lost the Way was released in 2004 and features contributions from Charlotte Savary, Marina Quaisse, and Big Dada rapper Infinite Livez. This was followed the same year by another EP titled Que Sera / Where My Heart's At).

Charlotte Savary is a French female singer and songwriter. She lives in Paris and participates in different projects from electropop to trip hop or folk. These projects are Felipecha and Wax Tailor. She also was a singer in a band called Clover.

Big Dada record label

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Other musicians who have appeared alongside Wax Tailor include North Carolina hip-hop set The Others (Johnny Madwreck, Mr. Mattic, and DR), Ursula Rucker, Sharon Jones, Voice, and A State of Mind.

Ursula Rucker American poet and musician

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His first full-length album Tales of the Forgotten Melodies was released in March 2005, mixing hip-hop, downtempo, trip hop with samples extracted from movies. This album became one of the best selling electronic releases of the year.[ citation needed ] This was followed by a second album Hope & Sorrow released in April 2007.

<i>Tales of the Forgotten Melodies</i> 2005 studio album by Wax Tailor

Tales of the Forgotten Melodies is the debut full-length album by French underground hip hop producer Wax Tailor released in 2005 on Lab’oratoire/Under Cover labels. The album is released on Decon Media in America, Mole Listening Pearls in Europe and Blend Corp. in Australia & New Zealand.

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a genre of popular music developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Downtempo is a genre of electronic music similar to ambient music, but with a greater emphasis on beats and a less "earthy" sound than trip hop.

Wax Tailor's third album, In The Mood For Life was released on September 22, 2009. His fourth album Dusty Rainbow From The Dark is a concept album, and was released in 2012. A fifth album, By Any Beats Necessary was released on October 14, 2016.

Concept album album with a theme

A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. There is no consensus among music critics as to the specific criteria for what a "concept album" is.




2005 Tales of the Forgotten Melodies 150
2007 Hope & Sorrow 31
2009 In the Mood for Life 9
2012 Dusty Rainbow from the Dark 8
2016 By Any Beats Necessary 30
2017By Any Remixes Necessary
Live albums
2010Live 2010 à l'Olympia62
2014Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra

EPs and singles

2004Que Sera/Where My Heart's At
Lost the Way
2006Our Dance/Walk the LineTales of the Forgotten Melodies
2007To Dry Up/The Games You Play78Hope and Sorrow
Positively Inclined / The Way We Lived78
2008We Be / There Is Danger78
2009"Say Yes" (feat. ASM)30In the Mood for Life
This Train" / "Leave It25
2010I Own You
2012Heart Stop81Dusty Rainbow from the Dark
2016I Had a Woman194 [6]
2017The Chase Remixes



Covers, references, and sampling

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